Quarterly Update on Global Mixed Xylene Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
Production of Mixed Xylenes from the Naphtha reformers and toluene disproportionation units was affected due to curtailed production margins. The news of commissioning of a new plant in south China helped in supporting the overall production capacity. Demand stood stable at the start of Q3 but accelerated moving into August and September. Recovery in the downstream consumption and buoyant end user demand triggered a sharp spike in the Asian pricing range. Indian mixed xylene offers were raised to around USD 660 per tonne in August, tracing the regional uptrend.
There was a sharp fall in the supply of Mixed Xylene by the end of the third quarter because of the seasonal storms across the US Gulf Coast which cut off nearly 10 per cent of total US’ Mixed Xylene supply. Sentiments were weighed under predictions that the MX supply in the US will continue to stay affected by reduced refinery run rates till 2021. However, demand witnessed a sudden jump in September with market sources stipulating active buying by the end consumers. However, the recovery was short-lived as the demand clawed back to its April-June levels much before expected. It is being predicted that the potential strength in spot benzene prices would lend strong support to the dampened MX prices moving into Q4.
At the start of Q3, Mixed Xylene market was heard grappling with weak economics. The main reason behind the pressured dynamics was the poor demand, forcing curtailed poor production rates. As per the market sources, Mixed Xylene run rates were maintained at low levels throughout H2 2020, amid anticipations that the situation may continue to be the same moving into 2021. Lackluster buying kept the offers exceptionally low throughout the third quarter. The region’s MX market remained under constant stress as the news of second wave of COVID-19 infections affected the producers who had been strongly eyeing on the economic recovery which would strongly decide the growth of the xylene chain.
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Mixed Xylene (MX) is the mixture of the three xylene isomers i.e., meta-Xylene, para-Xylene & ortho-Xylene. It is also known as xylol or dimethyl benzene. It is a colorless, flammable liquid with a characteristic odor. It is insoluble in water but miscible with various organic solvents. It is usually used as a solvent in several downstream industries like paints and coatings. Mixed Xylene is widely used in the production of para-xylene and ortho-xylene. While para-xylene is utilized in the production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA), which is an important intermediate for manufacturing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polymer primarily used in polyester fibers, and packaging films ortho-xylene is mostly to produce Phthalic Anhydride, an important intermediate in coatings and plastics. Mixed Xylene is normally produced from various sources within refineries including pyrolysis of gas stream, toluene disproportionation (TDP) and transalkylation. There have been hefty investments in the past 15 years towards increasing the Mixed Xylenes capacity, looking at the wider product scope.